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20 June 2021

Noel Gallagher’s ‘Back The Way We Came’ Goes Straight In At Number One

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Noel Gallagher has scored his 12th UK Number One album with his greatest hits album, Back The Way We Came: Vol. 1 (2011-2021).

The former Oasis musician’s new best of as Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, which arrived last week (June 11), debuted at the top spot with 28,000 chart sales – 9,300 of which were vinyl copies, including a limited edition release for last Saturday’s (12 June) Record Store Day.

Keeping Olivia Rodrigo‘s mammoth Sour at bay at Number Two, Gallagher’s 12th Number One album is his fourth since leaving Oasis, following Who Built The Moon? (2017), Chasing Yesterday (2015), and his band’s self-titled 2011 album.

Back The Way We Came was one of three new releases to land inside the Top Five, alongside Polo G‘s Hall Of Fame (Number Three) and Garbage‘s No Gods No Masters (Number Five), their highest charting record since 2005’s Bleed Like Me. Last week’s Number One, Wolf Alice’s Blue Weekend dropped down to Number Four.

“What? I’m Number One? Again?!” Gallagher whispered to a life-size cut-out of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. “Thanks very much for this, I’m running out of Manc-lepiece space for these things, but it’s an absolute honour. Thank you very much.”

Elsewhere on the chart, comedian Bo Burnham claimed the six spot with Inside (The Songs), a collection of tracks that appear in his new Netflix stand-up special Inside, while a deluxe ‘Platinum Pleasure’ edition of Jessie Ware‘s What’s Your Pleasure? returned the album to the Top 10 at seven.

Migos landed at nine with their fourth album, Culture III, while Marina claimed her fifth Top 20 album with Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land at 17, and Maroon 5 opened at 19 with their seventh LP, Jordi.

Following a limited edition release for last week’s Record Store Day, Linkin Park’s chart-topping 2003 album Meteora re-entered the chart at Number 30.

Buy Back The Way We Came (Volume 1) here.

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